The Indiana Hoosiers kicked off the second half of the Big Ten season with a statement win over the Michigan Wolverines 80-67 in Ann Arbor.
After playing against teams with a combined 20-46 Big Ten record (19-38 if you remove games against IU) during the Hoosiers’ first nine conference games, the Hoosiers had a lot to prove as their final nine opponents were a combined 44-31 (44-29 removing games against IU) in conference play. Well on Tuesday night they continued to roll.
Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell fell just short of a double-double as he finished with a game-high 17 points and nine assists. Rob Johnson also played a huge part as he added 16 points and six rebounds.
Things actually looked very bad at the beginning when the Wolverines (17-6, 7-3) soared out to a 15-4 run during the first 5:26 of the game. For the remaining 14:34 of the first half, the Hoosiers (19-4, 8-1) outscored the Wolverines 41-9, including a 25-0 run from the 9:05 mark until halftime.
Here is a play-by-play breakdown of that 25-0 run that took the Hoosiers from a small deficit to a commanding lead:
8:43 – Michigan had just scored what would end up being its final points of the half off of a Duncan Robinson three-pointer. So Indiana’s run begins with the Hoosiers responding with a Thomas Bryant layup on the next possession. (Michigan leads 24-22, IU on 2-0 run)
7:48 – To go on such a long run, you need to play as close to mistake-free as possible. Well the Hoosiers only committed two turnovers during their 25-0 run, with the first one happening when Johnson turned it over at the 8:11 mark. Johnson atoned for his mistake by immediately forcing a Wolverines turnover which set up a possession that ended with a Collin Hartman layup. The second turnover occurred when Troy Williams tried to do much. As you’ll see coming up, he too made up for his mistake. (Tied 24-24, IU on 4-0 run)
5:56 – This is around the time the Hoosiers’ defense began clamping down on the Wolverines’ offense. In the span of two minutes, all the Michigan offense could produce were two missed three-pointers and a Zak Irvin layup attempt that was blocked by OG Anunoby. Johnson is able to convert his layup attempt on the other end and the Hoosiers take the lead and never give it back. (Indiana leads 26-24, IU on 6-0 run)
4:58 – Another interesting fact about Indiana’s 25-0 run is that only once did the Hoosiers make a trip to the free throw line during that span. Williams, who had just rebounded another Irvin miss, ended up splitting a pair of free throws on the following offensive possession. (Indiana leads 27-24, IU on 7-0 run)
3:34 – After an offensive foul by Robinson, Williams exchanges missed three-pointers with Aubrey Dawkins. On the Hoosiers’ next possession, Ferrell finally sinks a three-pointer off of a great assist by Anunoby. On the next offensive possession, Max Bielfeldt misses his three-point attempt but Williams keeps the possession alive with a rebound and sinks a jumper of his own. (Indiana leads 32-24, IU on 12-0 run)
2:34 – Coming out of the final TV timeout of the half, this is when Indiana’s run starts getting out of hand. During the next two possessions, it’s Derrick Walton Jr. and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman who miss shot attempts for Michigan. At this point, the Wolverines have now missed eight shots in row and it only gets worse. While this is happening, on the other side of the court Ferrell connects with Williams on back-to-back possessions, one resulting in a layup and the other resulting in a dunk. (Indiana leads 36-24, IU on 16-0 run)
1:28 – It looked like Indiana’s run was finally going to end when Hartman fouled Mark Donnal, sending him to the free throw line. However, Donnal missed on the one-and-one and Bielfeldt grabbed the rebound. Like Johnson and Williams, Hartman also made up for his mistake by helping the Hoosiers hit consecutive threes-pointer. Hartman made the first one with 2:03 left in the half and then assisted on Ferrell’s three-pointer with 1:28 left. (Indiana leads 42-24, IU on 22-0 run)
0:00 – What would a Hoosier scoring-run be without Nick Zeisloft hitting a three-pointer from way behind the arc? After a Dawkins’ missed three-pointer, Zeisloft capped the run with the Hoosiers’ third straight possession with a triple. Defensively, the Hoosiers succeeded in keeping Michigan scoreless with Bielfeldt’s block of Irvin’s layup with four seconds left being the final stop. (Indiana leads 45-24, IU on 25-0 run)
Stats During IU’s 25-0 Run:
- Indiana: 10-13 FG, 4-6 3FG, 1-2 FT
- Michigan: 0-12 FG, 0-4 3FG, 0-1 FT